HUNTING ACCIDENTS IN THE NEWS

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1/02 Hood River County:   The shooter (male, age 49) had identified bear tracks in the area on previous days. He saw a black movement early in the morning in the area he expected to see a bear and fired one shot from his scoped, single shot Ruger .300 Weatherby.  He was about 300 yards from the victim who was wearing a dark blue coat and jeans. The shooter has been indicted by grand jury with second-degree manslaughter. Fatal.

 

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2/02 Douglas County: Victim had laid his backpack with the head and antlers of an elk on it beside his pickup when he was shot by another hunter who had seen the antlers move and thought he saw an elk. The shooter (age 59) and victim were not wearing any blaze orange and the elk rack was not marked with orange. The shooter was using a scoped rifle and was approximately 65 yards from the victim. The shooter has been indicted for criminally negligent homicide by a grand jury. FATAL.

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1/01 Jackson County. The shooter (age 40) heard rustling in the brush and fired at what he believed was a blacktail deer. His bullet (.338 Win Mag) hit his hunting partner in the lower back. The victim was wearing camouflage clothing. Fatal.

 

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4/00 Josephine County. The victim was a member of a three person bear hunting  group hunting a clear cut area. During the hunt, the shooter heard a noise in the  brush and saw something brown. He fired his .444 rifle and hit his partner in the upper arm. None of the hunters were wearing Blaze Orange. Not Fatal.

 

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